Jervis Tetch Secret Arkham File

Have you ever thought about the psychological state of Batman’s villains? I do. So, let’s dive in and learn more!

An Overall View Of Jervis Tetch

Here is the Jervis Tech secret Arkham file!

WARNING!!! Triggers: pedophilia | incest | abuse | OCD | PTSD | Schizophrenia | Incarceraphobia.

Here we go! Jervis Tetch is a fictional supervillain, often either a filler or used in the background. He is part of the Batman rogue gallery or Batmanverse. It’s quite apparent that the inspiration came from Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

However, Jervis is a scientist with a passion for controlling the mind of people. He likes to try and invent the perfect gadgets that would allow him to take over people’s minds. While often put aside, the Mad Hatter is, in fact, one of Batman’s most enduring villains.

DC Comics — Batman Rogues by Mikel Janín
DC Comics — Batman Rogues by Mikel Janín

Jervis Tetch made it into a few iconic storylines in Batman comic books, movies, cartoons, and live-action series such as Gotham and video games, Batman: Arkham.

How It Started For Jervis Tetch

The Mad Hatter goes as far back as 1948 where he made his first appearance in Batman #49. Jervis has a fascination for hats of all shapes and sizes, which is of no surprise, considering he has an unhealthy obsession for Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass. His favorite part of the story is ‘A Mad Tea Party.’ That is, according to Dr. Blacklock of Arkham Asylum.


Jervis has many mental disorders that put him high on the list of deranged villains, even for a Batman villain. Even in his debut in 1948, Mad Hatter would become a unique character that shows the dark side of a children’s book.

Unfortunately, his storyline only turns to the worst with every incarnation from Secret Six to Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Streets of Gotham, and Batman: Haunted Knight. All those specific storylines for Jervis have him fall deeper into the rabbit hole, pun intended.

The Backstory Of A Hat Hoarder

Jervis Tetch’s backstory has him as a strange and solitary child. He suffers rejection from his classmates that ignore him, and for that reason, Jervis develops a pretend world.

As he grew older, Jervis Tetch became a neuroscientist and went abroad. He moves into a boarding house where he meets Connie Littleton, daughter of the house owner.

DC Comics - Mad Hatter
DC Comics – Mad Hatter

She is at the center of Tetch’s first criminal act, but not for the reasons one would think. In high school, Connie is pregnant, but fearing her mother, she tells her it was rape. She blames it on a member of the Gotham High Hawks, the high school baseball team.

Connie’s mother turns to Jervis for his mind control abilities to avenge Connie. He agrees and has one of the Gotham High Hawks’ players bomb the locker room. I believe it to be ironic that a master manipulator ended up manipulated to commit his first crime.

The Obsessive-Compulsivity of Jervis

Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is a mental illness. It is not just superficial but runs quite deep. This is a mental disorder that causes repetitive thoughts that are uncomfortable.

OCD creates anxiety disorders and unwanted sensations from which obsessions come out. Moreover, it also causes urges to have compulsions. Most people with clinical OCD have both obsessions and compulsions. Do not confuse OCD with habits. Those are two different things.

DC Comics - The Mad Hatter
DC Comics – The Mad Hatter

Jervis demonstrates his OCD with his mind control obsessiveness. He keeps building mind-controlling gadgets over and over. Jervis Tetch also has a rhyming response when anxious and reciting Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland books. Those are repetitive thoughts he has that protect him from uncomfortable sensations.

People with OCD can have the urge to repeat an action to prevent themselves from causing harm. Jervis shows that behavior with his hat obsession. He refuses to do specific actions without a hat involved. The hat obsession can prevent him from proceeding with natural behavior. It is a classic sign of OCD.

Paranoid Schizophrenia For A Mad Hatter

Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common subtype of schizophrenia. Its diagnosis follows the symptoms of common schizophrenia. The symptoms include delusions and hallucinations. Those are incapacitating indications and can create confusion between reality and imagination. It is a permanent handicap.

Often, schizophrenia becomes noticeable as of the age of eighteen and can surface until thirty. However, it is rare that symptoms only come up after the age of forty-five or before sixteen.

DC Comics – The Mad Hatter

As a child, Jervis created a reality for himself due to his isolation and rejection from other classmates and people. He grew up to mistake real people for characters from a children’s book.

Jervis has a variety of imaginary characters he imposes on reality. He fails to discern what’s real and what’s not. Combining previous statements with hats speaking to him, we have a classic case of schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia Paints Roses Red

There are a multitude of signs that are noticeable that reflect schizophrenia. For example, seeing or hearing things others don’t are part of a list of warnings. There is also general fear or suspiciousness of other people.

Other signs are persistent or unusual thoughts or difficulty of thinking. Isolation from other people or lack of self-care can also turn into signs. But, again, those are classic red flags for the mental disorder.

DC Comics - Mad Hatter
DC Comics – Mad Hatter

*** However, this doesn’t mean one has schizophrenia, but it could be a good reason to contact a medical professional for an evaluation.

Jervis’ schizoid paranoia becomes reinforced with his OCD because he fixates on the book. His goal to control people with his mind to force them into submission is to fit his reality. Thus, it is a more significant representation of mental illness. In Jervis Tetch’s case, it is sadder than it is evil.

Curiouser And Curiouser

Jervis Tetch has a delusional disorder, updated from paranoid personality disorder. This disorder is a more serious mental illness placing him on the psychotic spectrum.

DC Comics - Mad Hatter
DC Comics – Mad Hatter

People with a delusional disorder that goes untreated cannot dissociate reality from imagination. Dissociation is the main symptom of the illness. Without treatment, these people cannot be part of reality. As a result, no one is capable of reasoning with them.

Jervis Tetch’s combined OCD and paranoid schizophrenia with a delusional disorder make him a vulnerable person. However, it also makes him dangerous. With his knowledge in neurology and hypnosis—mind control, he can become dangerous to other people.

Jervis Tetch In Gotham

In the series Gotham, Jervis Tetch has a sister, Alice, which explains why, when losing her, he regressed to Lewis Carroll’s book. Gordon knows the siblings lost their parents when they were children and that Jervis became Alice’s guardian.

What has Jervis’ character fall into the darkest Gotham characters is that he sexually abused Alice. As a result, he now has mental disorders and incest and pedophilia added to his file.

Gotham – Mad Hatter

In this incarnation of the character, the Mad Hatter has a strong reinforced ability to hypnotize people. He perfected his mind control abilities to have people commit suicide and develop an obsession with Jim Gordon. He wants him dead and stops at nothing to get it done.

Jervis holds Gordon responsible for his sister’s suicide despite revealing that she preferred to die than endure another touch from Jervis. After her death, Jervis falls deeper into his madness.

The Darkest Of Wonderland

Gotham didn’t pull up the subject of sexual abuse out of a hat—see what I did there? It is from the graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. In that incarnation, we receive the confirmation of Jervis Tetch as a pedophile.

The pedophilia becomes real when it spreads to other storylines, such as Streets of Gotham #4 and Batman: Haunted Knight. The Mad Hatter shows an obsession with children and even turns Barbara Gordon into his personal Alice.


Jervis even kidnapped runaway kids to dress them up as characters from the children’s book. Pedophilia is an unforgivable crime and a mental disorder. However, though a mental illness, it is criminal behavior. Science only proves that life institutionalization should be the least.

The pedophilic disorder is a mental illness that needs heavy medication and life-long psychotherapy. It happens when a person cannot function due to arousal around children. That is all I am willing to say. I am sick to my stomach.

A Happy Un-Birthday To You

I believe it is clear that Jervis Tetch is way darker than we first thought. His behavior suggests one last disorder, dissociative identity disorder. Jervis Tetch is a character that often refers to his childhood.

His obsession with Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass proves to be an anchor for him. Jervis goes back to his addiction to the point of dissociating himself from reality. He has a case of age regression, which falls under post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jervis Tetch wishes to go back to a simpler time and even substitute his reality with the children’s books. He associates himself with a deranged character and tries to turn himself into it. As he grows older, he grows farther from reality to the point of entirely rejecting it.

His age regression is the result of a traumatic event from his childhood that we are unaware of. My guess would be losing his parents or the constant rejection from the outside world.

My Unprofessional Diagnosis

Because I am no doctor of any kind, here is my less-than-professional opinion about Mr. Jervis Tetch, aka The Mad Hatter.

This one is tough because a big part of me wants to send him to Blackgate Penitentiary. However, due to his many mental disorders, I believe it would be better for him to remain in Arkham Asylum for a lifetime institutionalization.

Arkham Asylum
Arkham Asylum

Mr. Tetch should be under rigorous psychotherapy and scrutiny. Do not let him, under any circumstances, within a safe distance of children—anyone under 21 years of age.

If patients have meeting appointments with lawyers or family members, Tetch should have a guard accompanying him. If children are to be present, he must wait away from the area.


Jervis Tetch is the result of a combination of outsourced abuse and congenital disorders. He can be pretty dangerous due to his mental abilities to hypnotize people. Guards should be aware of it and proceed with caution and adequate equipment.

Jervis Tetch is a criminal as well as a mental patient. Any doctor should have a background in dealing with heavy delusional minds and be familiar with Lewis Carroll’s work.

Gotham – Mad Hatter

Anyone working on Jervis Tetch’s case must proceed with caution.

This article is Jervis Tetch Secret Mental Arkham by me. What is your opinion on the character? Did I miss something?

The OCD Nerd,
Arielle Lyon

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